Are you looking for a good Yoga instructor course, but confused with the variety of courses available? In this blog we will take you through the different levels of Yoga Instructor course offered by Yoga Alliance which will help you to decide the best course for you.
The Yoga Alliance is a non-profit organization that was found in 1999 to promote and support the practice of yoga. It is the largest international yoga organization, with over 100,000 registered yoga teachers and schools from around the world. The primary mission of the Yoga Alliance is to establish and maintain standards for yoga teacher training programs and yoga schools. It provides a platform for yoga teachers and schools to register and maintain their credentials, as well as for students to find qualified teachers and schools. To become registered with the Yoga Alliance, a yoga teacher must complete a minimum of 200 hours of teacher training from a registered yoga school. The training must cover the course designed by the Yoga Alliance. Once registered, the teacher can use the designation “RYT” (Registered Yoga Teacher) after their name. There are different levels of certification that one can achieve like RYT 200 which is a basic level and RYT 500 which is more advanced level.
How can I find a good Registered Yoga School near me?
Yoga schools can also register with the Yoga Alliance by meeting certain criteria for their teacher training programs. Registered yoga schools can offer yoga teacher training programs that meet the Yoga Alliance standards, and their graduates can become registered with the Yoga Alliance as RYTs.
It is important that while choosing the Yoga school you should make sure they are a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance, as there are many schools that offer YTTC without having an authentic registration. You can always check the school name in Yoga Alliance website, as all registered schools are available there with their profile and review information. Vinyasa Yoga Ashram is one of the Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga schools in Rishikesh which provides all levels of Yoga teacher training courses.
How can one become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)?
Below are the levels of RYT training offered by Yoga Alliance which will help the student to gain confidence and enable them to globally certify as a yoga teacher.
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course
The 200-hour yoga teacher training course is a program that covers the fundamental principles of yoga, including yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, asanas (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation. The course lasts for 24 days and is conducted in a residential setting, allowing students to fully immerse themselves in the practice of yoga. This course is very good for beginners who want to start their practise along with knowing it in detail.
Vinyasa Yoga Ashram offers the 200-hour yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh which will give you a unique experience with our qualified teachers who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with students. We also provide comfortable accommodation, healthy vegetarian meals, and a supportive and nurturing learning environment. Upon completion of the 200-hour yoga teacher training course, students receive a yoga alliance certification, which is recognized worldwide. The certification also provides students with a deeper understanding of yoga and its principles, which can enhance their personal yoga practice and improve their overall well-being.
300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course
The 300-hour yoga teacher training course is an advanced level program designed for yoga teachers who have completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training course and want to deepen their knowledge and skills in yoga teaching. The course typically lasts for 28 days and is conducted in a residential setting. As this is an advanced level course, the student has to contribute more time in assignments and teaching practices. The 300 hour yoga teacher training course covers a deep dive into all of the topics, including advanced asanas, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, teaching methodology, and adjustments and alignments, enabling students to become more confident and skilled yoga teachers. The 300 hour YTTC is ideal for yoga teachers who want to seriously advance their skills. The course provides an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding and knowledge of their chosen area of specialization and develop the necessary skills to teach it effectively.
Vinyasa Yoga Ashram offers the 300-hour yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh. With our most experienced and qualified teachers, you will find yourself growing at all the levels like spiritual, mental, emotional as well as physical. Upon completion of the 300-hour yoga teacher training course, students receive a yoga alliance certification, which is recognized worldwide and enables them to teach yoga professionally at an advanced level. The certification also provides students with a deeper understanding of yoga and its principles, which can enhance their personal yoga practice and improve their overall well-being.
500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course
The 500-hour yoga teacher training course is the highest level of yoga teacher training certification recognized by the Yoga Alliance. One can register themselves as RYT 500 once they have completed both 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga TTC.
Vinyasa Yoga Ashram offers 500 hour Yoga TTC which is a 2 months course that will include the 200 hour YTTC in first month and 300 hour YTTC in the second month. In these 2 months, the student will learn everything from basics to the details of every class. This course is advisable for someone who think they are ready to learn 300 hour right after 200 hour YTTC. Even if it is a beginner, the course will help him or her to progress in every practise, as it will done every single day for 2 full months.
How to register yourself on Yoga Alliance?
To register with the Yoga Alliance, you will need to follow these steps:
- Complete a Yoga Teacher Training program that meets the Yoga Alliance standards. You can find a list of registered yoga schools on the Yoga Alliance website.
- Create an account on the Yoga Alliance website and log in.
- Submit your application for registration by providing proof of your completion of a Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training program. You will also need to provide a signed copy of the Code of Conduct and pay the registration fee.
- Once your application is processed and approved, you will receive a confirmation email from the Yoga Alliance.
- You will then be listed on the Yoga Alliance directory as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).
It is important to note that there are different levels of registration with the Yoga Alliance, including RYT 200 and RYT 500. The level of registration you are eligible for will depend on the number of hours you have completed in your teacher training program and the amount of teaching experience you have accumulated.
What are the qualities of a good Yoga Instructor?
- Knowledgeable: A good yoga teacher has a deep understanding of yoga philosophy, anatomy, and physiology. They are well-versed in the different yoga styles, as well as various modifications and variations to accommodate different students’ needs and abilities.
- Compassionate: A good yoga teacher is compassionate and empathetic towards their students. They are sensitive to their students’ physical limitations, emotional states, and mental health conditions. They listen carefully to their students’ concerns and offer guidance and support when needed.
- Patient: A good yoga teacher understands that yoga is a lifelong practice, and progress takes time. They are patient and encouraging with their students, and they recognize that everyone has different abilities and levels of experience.
- Clear communicator: A good yoga teacher is an effective communicator who can clearly and concisely convey instructions to their students. They use simple and easy-to-understand language and avoid using jargon that might confuse their students.
- Authentic: A good yoga teacher is authentic and genuine. They are true to themselves and their personal yoga practice, and they don’t try to be something they’re not. They lead by example and inspire their students through their own dedication to the practice.
- Non-judgmental: A good yoga teacher is non-judgmental and creates a safe and welcoming space for all students, regardless of their background, body type, or level of experience. They do not impose their personal beliefs or expectations on their students, and they respect their students’ choices and boundaries.
- Continuously learning: A good yoga teacher is always learning and growing. They regularly attend workshops, training programs, and continuing education courses to deepen their knowledge and refine their teaching skills.
What is required to be a good Yoga Instructor
- Practise of Yoga at all levels: Yoga as a practise operates at different levels which are Physical Level: This level of yoga focuses on the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) to improve physical strength, flexibility, balance, and overall health, Mental Level: This level of yoga involves the practice of pratyahara (withdrawal of senses) and dharana (concentration) to calm the mind and improve mental clarity, focus, and emotional balance, Spiritual Level: This level of yoga involves the practice of dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (union with the divine) to connect with one’s inner self and experience a state of inner peace, bliss, and spiritual awakening. Each level builds upon the previous one and requires a deeper level of commitment and practice. A yoga teacher should be not just a preacher but a disciplined practitioner at all levels.
- Experience in the Paths of Yoga: As a teacher, one should not only have knowledge but also certain experience that can be shared with the students on different paths of Yoga as mentioned below:
- Jnana Yoga: Jnana Yoga is the path of knowledge and wisdom. This path involves the study of sacred texts and scriptures, self-inquiry, and contemplation to gain a deeper understanding of the true nature of the self and the universe. Examples of practices that fall under Jnana Yoga include studying the Upanishads, meditating on the question “Who am I?”, and practicing self-reflection and introspection.
- Bhakti Yoga: Bhakti Yoga is the path of devotion and love. This path involves cultivating a deep sense of love and devotion towards a divine entity or guru, often through practices such as chanting, prayer, and meditation. Examples of practices that fall under Bhakti Yoga include devotional singing (kirtan), reciting mantras, and offering puja (worship) to a deity.
- Karma Yoga: Karma Yoga is the path of selfless action and service. This path involves performing actions without attachment to the fruits of those actions, and with the intention of serving others and the greater good. Examples of practices that fall under Karma Yoga include volunteering, charitable work, and performing daily tasks with mindfulness and intention.
- Raja Yoga: Raja Yoga is the path of meditation and self-discipline. This path involves the practice of meditation, asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and other techniques to purify the mind and body, and attain a state of deep concentration and spiritual awareness. Examples of practices that fall under Raja Yoga include practicing the Eight Limbs of Yoga as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, performing advanced pranayama techniques, and meditating on the inner self.
- Application of Anatomy and alignment in regular Asana practise: Anatomy and alignment are fundamental principles in yoga practice. As a yoga instructor, you can use your knowledge of anatomy and alignment to:
- Guide students into safe and effective yoga postures: Understanding the anatomical structure of the human body can help you identify potential areas of injury and avoid unsafe practices. Proper alignment in yoga postures helps reduce stress on the joints, protect the spine, and prevent muscle strain.
- Modify postures for individual needs: Every individual has a unique body structure, and not all yoga postures may be suitable for everyone. Knowledge of anatomy and alignment helps you to modify postures according to the student’s individual needs, making the practice more accessible to all.
- Help students deepen their practice: Correct alignment is crucial for advanced yoga postures, and knowledge of anatomy can help you guide students to deepen their practice. By understanding the mechanics of the body, you can teach students how to engage specific muscles and access the full benefits of a posture.
- Prevent injuries: Proper alignment can help prevent common yoga injuries, such as wrist, shoulder, and lower back injuries. Understanding the mechanics of the body can help you identify areas of the body that are prone to injury and adjust postures accordingly.
Why Vinyasa Yoga Ashram?
At Vinyasa Yoga Ashram, we train and provide wonderful experience to our students on all the levels and paths of Yoga, so at the end of the day, our students are filled with experiential wisdom which they can share once they start teaching. Also, this ashram is in upper Tapovan which is surrounded by mountains and is very peaceful and away from the hustle bustle of tourist place.
To know more about our upcoming course dates, please contact us.